A cataract is a natural change in the lens inside your eye. As you age, the lens ages with you, becoming harder and yellow, limiting the amount of light entering your eye and possibly scattering and diffusing what light does enter. Other causes of cataract include trauma to the eye, chronic steroid usage, smoking, radiation exposure, or family history. At first, the change in vision can be counteracted with changes in your glasses’ prescription. However, there comes a point that not even a new pair of glasses can improve the vision as the cataract matures.
Surgery is the only method to restore the vision by replacing your own cloudy lens with a clear plastic lens implant. The main reason to proceed with surgery is if your vision is impaired enough where it is interfering with your activities of daily living, such as reading, watching television, and driving.
Surgery for cataract surgery is outpatient, and takes on average 10-20 minutes to perform. You will be lightly sedated with intravenous medications. The eye is anesthetized with eye drops and/or a numbing gel. Ultrasonic energy, delivered through a small instrument placed inside the eye, fragments the cataract allowing for its removal. The lens implant is then placed within the eye.
The wounds made are so small that no stitches are needed most of the time. Post-operative visits are arranged at one day, one week, and one month following surgery. Eye drops are begun 2 days before surgery, and used until one month following surgery. If the other eye also has a cataract, then surgery is performed anywhere between 2 weeks and 3 months following surgery on the first eye.
At Tayani Institute you can rest assured that both Dr. Tayani and Dr. Joson have successfully performed thousands of cataract surgeries. Trust your care in the hands of experts that go above and beyond to make your experience as painless and comfortable as possible.